The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite acquired this image at 4:40 UTC (10:40 a.m. local time) on May 2, 2008. In this image, the sprawling storm spirals over the bay, between India in the west and Burma in the east. Bangladesh lies directly north of the storm. The storm appears to skirt the Andaman Islands in the southeast.
On May 1, Nargis had sustained winds of 90 knots, which would make it a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, used to rank hurricanes in the United States. According to Voice of America News, even though the storm was predicted to make landfall in Burma, the cyclone's proximity to Bangladesh caused serious concern in that nation as well, where memories lingered of the devastating earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14622 Tropical Cyclone Sidr, which struck in 2007.
Just north of Nargis, along the coast of Bangladesh, are the Mouths of the Ganges -- home to the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundarbans Sundarbans, a massive mangrove forest. Mangrove forests can provide some protection to coastal regions during severe cyclones.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/ MODIS Rapid Response team. Caption by Michon Scott.